Dubai Duty Free Foundation and Dubai Cares have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which supports the philanthropic efforts of both entities through Dubai Cares’ programmes that provide education to children and young people in developing countries.
As part of the agreement, 50 per cent of the funds collected from the Dubai Duty Free Foundation charity boxes located in all terminals at Dubai International and Al Maktoum International Airport as well as in other premises in Dubai, will be donated to Dubai Cares. This significant contribution will go towards supporting education programs implemented by the UAE-based global philanthropic organization in developing countries.
The agreement, which will run for three years, was signed by Colm McLoughlin, executive vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free and Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares at Dubai Duty Free Head Office.
Commenting on the MoU signing, McLoughlin said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with Dubai Cares who do a fantastic job in identifying and implementing effective human development programs throughout the world. We believe this partnership is the start of something very exciting and we will work closely with Dubai Cares to identify specific initiatives that tie in with our own Foundation’s objectives.”
Al Gurg said: “Providing education to children and young adults is the first stepping stone towards higher education, valuable opportunities, personal development and social success. It ensures that children and young adults obtain the basic skills required to gain autonomy and independence. Dubai Duty Free Foundation shares similar values as we do and the partnership will enable us to significantly improve access to quality education in developing countries."
The Dubai Duty Free Foundation, which was established in October 2004 and is under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Duty Free, has supported a number of Dubai Cares initiatives since 2009.
Over the past 10 years, Dubai Cares has successfully launched education programmes reaching over 16 million beneficiaries in 45 developing countries in partnership with UN aid agencies and international and local NGOs. - TradeArabia News Service
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